Chapters 102: Programs
Developing programs for your Sigma Xi chapter can fall in the category of "things you'd like to do if you ever had time to think about it." Well, here's your chance to steal good ideas from other chapters who have already done all of the work. This session will highlight outstanding chapter programs in a variety of areas, including diversity, education and public understanding of science. Details on how to organize similar programs will be distributed via the Chapter Toolkit that each delegate receives or by separate handouts.
Sigma Xi Packard Initiative: Science and Engineering in Developing Countries
A generous grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation is supporting the development of Sigma Xi activities and programs to promote networking of researchers in developing countries. This session features panelists from developing countries who will discuss their systems for scientific and engineering education and research as well as the public perception of science and current strengths and challenges of doing research in their respective institutions. The session will also include a brief overview of the Packard Initiative with suggestions for ways in which members and chapters can become involved.
Exploring Career Paths in Science and Engineering
A panel of minority and women scientists at various career stages will discuss their experiences in academia, research and the work world. The discussion will specifically address the interests and concerns of all students contemplating research careers.
Expanding Your Membership Base and Nurturing Chapter Leadership
This workshop will help participants define a process and timetable for initiating new members to Sigma Xi. Participants will discuss ways to identify potential members, to re-engage inactive members and to keep existing members current. Additionally, the panel will address ways to nurture a perpetual source of chapter leadership.
Resources and Funding Opportunities for Chapters
The goal of this session is to review programmatic opportunities and financial support available to chapters in a variety of areas, including: the distinguished lectureship program, Grants-In-Aid of Research, Science, Mathematics and Engineering Education grants, teacher grants, support for education and ethics initiatives, and partnering with international chapters.